Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Maternal Influence by J.S. Law

Behold the tenderest sight on earth--the mother giving the first bent to the mind that is immortal.  O!  What lessons of heavenly wisdom may come down through her lips and find their way to a heart not yet in contact with the world!  Here may she seize on the first indications of intellect, and consecrate it to God.  How may the eye of a mother, beaming with affectionate regard, direct the little dependent being to the Savior!  A warm-hearted and prudent mother will exert almost an unlimited influence over her children the first six or eight years of their life; a period, above all others, when the heart is susceptible to deep and lasting impressions.  

Solomon frequently adverts, with great tenderness, to the pious counsels of a mother.  Timothy was instructed, when a child, by his mother and grandmother.  There are few men eminent for science and religion, who have not expressed deep-felt gratitude for the example, counsels, and prayers of a pious mother.  And it would be difficult to find an instance in which children have been brought up in the fear of God, and the love of the savior, where the mother has showed no marked solicitude to cherish a life of piety in her family.  OH, A MOTHER'S LOVE!  It conquers all.  it is identified in the mind of a child with its first knowledge of God.  She is contemplated with God.  Next to divine efficiency, her influence is all-pervading and most powerful.   ~Mother's Magazine

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